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Prophet’s Pulpit-Christmas Edition-NYG vs ARZ Preview & Prediction

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all the Giants fans everywhere and my followers. Christmas came early to all Gmen fans when Ben & Jerry were let go. Now after the initial euphoria the most important decisions have to be made. They have to hire the right GM who will hire a good coach. Both will have to turn around the Giants after their worst season in their 93 year history.

The Giants came back from the dead last week, and played well vs the Eagles. They scored the most points they scored all year, 29. In week 3 at Philadelphia the Gmen also played well. They lost 27 to 24 in a competitive game. Eli always plays well vs the Eagles. Eli’s only 2 300 yards games have come vs the Eagles. It was the first start for Foles since Wentz went down. He started off slowly but had 4 TD’s vs a depleted Giants secondary. Sheppard shined with 11 catches for 139 yards and a TD. Engram had 8 catches for 87 yards. The only weakness of the Eagles is their secondary. Now that Wentz is gone with that secondary, the Prophet predicts that the Eagles will not win the Super Bowl. They will be formidable next year with a healthy Wentz and a fortified secondary. Eli was able to throw for 434 yards 3 TD’s and of course the obligatory interception. The Giants only had 75 yards rushing vs the tough Eagles front seven. Foles started off slowly but once he brushed off the rust by the second half he was cooking and threw for 4 TD’s and pulled the game out for the Eagles. That is OK. We want the Giants to continue to lose to get a franchise QB for the future. We just need a little more cooperation from the Browns and Colts to win. The 49ers are helping us by going on a win streak.

Looking to this week’s game, the Gmen return to the site of Super Bowl 42. A glorious day as the Giants beat the undefeated 18-0 Patriots as a 12 point underdog. It was “the Tyree Helmet Catch”, Spags “NASCAR package” pass rush up the A gap (the main way to beat both Brady and Peyton Manning), the Strahan speech with 2 minutes remaining, and the final catch to win 17-14 by Plaxico Burress.

The deciding factor in this week’s game is the fact that the Giants are 32nd in defense and the Cardinals are 7th. They are 6th vs the run and 14th vs the pass. So the Giants are going to pass like last week. The only problem is that the Cardinals have one of the best cover corners in Patrick Peterson. He usually doesn’t cover the slot, but I think he will this week vs Sheppard. Then they can put Mathieu vs Engram. They have to put their best 2 player’s vs the best 2 Giant receivers. That would put King, who may not play, and Lewis in play.

The Cardinals have their own problems. They are replacing Gabbert this week with Stanton. Their run game is decimated. AP has been out. Williams is hurting and may not play. That would leave a time share between Penny and Foster. Of course their best weapon is the ageless wonder, Fitzgerald. He should draw DRC but would normally be covered by Jenkins who is on IR. So he will be their main weapon. We all know the Giants are always vulnerable vs the TE. So expect Ricky Seals-Jones to be in play and also a TD threat.

The game flow for this game suggests that it will be an ugly lower scoring game. The Cardinals defense should keep the Giants in check. The Giants will have to throw and be leery of turnovers. But in the end the Gmen travelling across country keep their losing streak intact and the Cardinals win 23 to 17 out in the desert.

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New York Football Giants blogger since 2007. Appeared on ESPN radio, New York Times, Long Island sports talk 1240 am, Sidelines Podcast.

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